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The Baltimore Station Holds Chili Cookoff

Some of the best chili cooks around will be vying for bragging rights during “The Baltimore Station’s 4th annual Stars, Stripes & Chow: Chili Edition” on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at South Point at West Covington Park.

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Ackneil M. Muldrow, II Passes Away at 80

The Baltimore Times is saddened to announce the passing of Ackneil M. Muldrow, II. A Memorial Service for Muldrow, who was 80, will be held on Friday, November 9, 2018 at the March Life Tribute Center located at 5616 Old Court Rd, in Windsor Mill, MD. The Family Hour will begin at 9 a.m., with a Memorial Service to follow at 11 a.m.

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Dance Company Takes Debates About Inequality To The Stage

Workplace harassment, immigration, racial profiling, the wealth gap and gay marriage are among the hot-button topics, which often serve as the subject matter for newspaper stories, radio talk show programs, television newscasts, Podcasts and other forms of media communication. However, these controversial issues will soon be presented through another medium— dance.

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High Schooler Leads Diaper Drive

Over 105,000 diapers, 25,000 wipes collected

High school student Lauren Eisele, UMMC, and the University of Maryland School of Social Work all partnered to organize a diaper drive. Lauren led the effort to collect over 105,000 diapers, and 25,000 wipes for the drive. She is pictured with Sierra Mason and Mason’s children Saniya, Za’Mari and Za’Vion Nipper and staff from B’more for Healthy Babies. The diapers and wipes were distributed to community partners on Friday, October 19, 2018 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Central Receiving Building located at 1000 Hilltop Circle in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer

Made in Baltimore is a membership-based organization open to businesses in Baltimore City and surported by the Baltimore Office of Sustainability. The project began in Summer 2015 with the first pop-up shop featuring all locally made goods. The shop featured products by 80 companies. This year is the sixth year that entrepreneurs will showcase their goods. The storefront promises to remain open for at least six months or even permanently.

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Pythias A. And Virginia I. Jones African American Community Forum On Memory Loss

Annual Event to be held at New Psalmist Baptist Church

The two wanted to provide resources on dementia to the African American community after finding it was hard to find resources and information when their parents were diagnosed with dementia. The forum is named in the parents’ memory.

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Highly Acclaimed Production Les Misérables Now Playing At The Hippodrome

Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, is playing at the Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center in Baltimore until Sunday, October 14, 2018.

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UMB’s Promise Heights Initiative Receives $30M Grant

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Promise Heights a five-year, $30 million grant to continue its effort to improve the lives of children and families in the West Baltimore neighborhood of Upton/Druid Heights. The grant enables Promise Heights to continue its comprehensive plan for combating poverty and increasing academic achievement in the local community.

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Young Musician Joins The Baltimore Times Staff

Wright on time for millennials

The 19-year-old has joined The Baltimore Times as a Staff Writer. Wright will be bringing a fresh perspective to the storied publication, which is in its 32nd year. Wright, who says he “loves to write,” says his work will be geared towards Millennials.

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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Playing At Center Stage

The sultry, American classic “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” kicked-off Baltimore Center Stage’s 56th season. Penned by Tennessee Williams, the production opened Thursday, September 13, 2018, and runs through Sunday, October 14, 2018.

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Deborah’s Voice To Hold National Rally In D.C.

‘Awake. Arise. Advance’

“Awake. Arise. Advance” is the call of the rally, which includes a dynamic line-up of women who have overcome incredible odds. The goal of the event is to bring awareness to human slavery and forced child prostitution.

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Campaign Launched To Encourage African Americans To Participate In Clinical Trials

In August, Advancing Cancer Treatment (ACT) launched an effort, which seeks to change this disparaging statistic. ACT is raising awareness among newly-diagnosed African American cancer patients that clinical trials may be the first-line option, and not the last resort.

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Year-Up Is Gearing-Up Young Adults For The Workplace

Housed On The Campus Of BCCC

Launched in Baltimore in 2010 on the campus of Baltimore City Community College (BCCC), Year Up’s PTC offers an intensive, one-year program for college students, ages 18-24. Year Up Baltimore is located on the third floor of BCCC located at 2600 Liberty Heights Avenue. The program combines professional coaching, and hands-on skill development.

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Stella Adams Holds Book Signing

Beneficial Life has many twists

On Saturday, August 25, 2018, Adams held a book signing for her latest work, which is entitled “Beneficial Life”. Adams hosted the event at her Randallstown, Maryland home.

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School Gets On-Site Barbershop And Beauty Salon

Rob’s Community Foundation Awards NAF Grant Award

Virgil Dixon is among the barbers who will provide haircuts at the new, full-service barbershop/beauty salon housed on the first floor of National Academy Foundation School of Baltimore. The barber/beauty salon will offer free grooming services. The school was the recipient of a grant award from Rob’s Barbershop Community Foundation (RBCF).

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KIPP Baltimore Graduate Awarded $10,000 Scholarship

Latron Fleet, a graduate of KIPP Baltimore has been awarded a $10,000-per-year scholarship to help pay for his education at Morehouse College.

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OOLA Bus Cruises Into Baltimore On Friday, August 31

The Ultimate Dream Vehicle

Two dudes cruising down the road in a 1970s Volkswagen (VW) Surf Bus with stickers splattered all over and surfboards on top. “This must be a dream,” you think to yourself. No, this is not a dream, but then again…it is.

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Camp Impact Leaves A Mark At Ft. Washington Elementary/Middle School

Reading-themed mural unveiled at closing ceremony.

Camp Impact participants pose for a photo during the second week of the camp. Camp Impact was a five-week camp that introduced them to functional life skills. The camp exposed the youth to educational and cultural experiences to prepare them to become future leaders in their community. Camp Impact’s largest community outreach project was a reading-themed mural they created at Fort Worthington Elementary/Middle School in East Baltimore’s Berea neighborhood.

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New App Lets Kids Earn And Invest Money

BusyKid Reinvents Chores As A First Job

The exciting new App provides real “life lessons” through hands-on experience of earning, saving, sharing, spending, and investing real allowance each week.

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Soundscapes Exhibit Currently ‘Playing’ at City Hall

Larry “Poncho” Brown

This collection of musicians includes saxophonists, guitarists, and pianists. They include “Big D” who is blowing away on the saxophone. “Big D” and the others have been “composed” over a 20-year period by Larry Brown. Currently, they are ‘playing’ at City Hall. “Big D” and his counterparts comprise a group known as “Soundscape.” However, these are not people— they are paintings created by Brown.

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B-360’s Brittany Young Is Making Her Mark

Engineer helping to put youth on the track of success

Brittany Young, founder of B-360 Baltimore, an organization that utilizes dirt bike culture to end the cycle of poverty, disrupt the prison pipeline, and build bridges in communities. B-360 is changing the perception of engineers and dirt bike riders in Baltimore and beyond. Young says that most dirt bike riders start riding dirt bikes at the age of three or four. Since they start at such a young age, they have natural ability. They also have mechanical ability. Most fix their bikes, which is mechanics. This is all a part of the engineering design process. They have a leg-up because they have a different way of thinking that would elevate them on any level.

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Called To Help Baltimore Grow Financially And Spiritually

PNC’s Ramsey L. Harris

Baltimore native Ramsey Harris had taken the advice of his grandfather Bishop Huey L. Harris, Sr., founder of Abundant Life Church in Elkton, Maryland. He had passed on an opportunity to go away to Morehouse College and instead attend Delaware State University. Remaining in close proximity to the elder Harris allowed the younger Harris to be groomed in ministry by his grandfather. It also allowed him to be in the right place at the right time to talk to a PNC Bank recruiter about promising employment opportunities.

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PNC’s Ramsey L. Harris Grandfather Helped Write His Success Story

Ramsey L. Harris is Vice President and Territory CRA Business Advisor in the Retail Lending Distribution Management division at PNC Bank. Harris is responsible for overseeing and executing strategic plans that enable the bank to achieve specific Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) focused goals and measures of lending to businesses located within designated, inner-city/Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) areas. These areas include Greater Maryland, and Greater Washington/D.C.

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Longtime dentist Dr. Lawrence Bell Jr. dies at 77

Dr. Lawrence Bell was among the University of Maryland School of Dentistry’s first black graduates

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Fayette Street Outreach: An Organization with a Mind to Work

Nehemiah 4:6 (KJV) says “So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.”

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The Travis Manion Foundation: Serving Our Country, One Youth At A Time

First Lieutenant Travis Manion (USMC) was a hero in life.

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Liberty’s Lite Holds Book Club Extravaganza

In celebration of “Older Americans Month,” the Liberty’s Lite Readers Book Club held its annual Book Club Extravaganza on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. The event was held at the Liberty Senior Center located at 3525 Resource Drive in Randallstown. The Book Club Extravaganza featured dozens of authors and drew a capacity crowd.

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William Henry Dorsey: The 85-Year-Old Horse Whisperer

Every May, the Administration on Aging, part of the Administration for Community Living, leads our nation's observance of Older American's Month. The 2018 theme, “Engage at Every Age”, emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It also celebrates the many ways in which older adults make a difference in our communities. William Henry Dorsey, 85 is among them. He is a barn manager, works seven-days-a-week and has worked with horses for over 50 years.

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Art of Hope: Celebrating the Importance of Art in Recovery

Chuck Knudsen, Helping Up Mission (HUM) board member and the Inspiring Hope Leadership Committee chair; Gayle Kelly, co-chair of the Inspiring Hope Leadership Committee; Keith Thomas, Helping Up Mission client; and Jim Longenecker, Helping Up Mission Chief Relationship Officer and Inspiring Hope Campaign director. The group is standing in front of a rendering of the HUM’s Women’s and Children’s Center slated to open fall 2020.

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Jubilee Arts Unveils Expressive Exhibit

The exhibit is the latest from Jubilee Arts, and is a program of Intersection of Change, which uses visual art, jazz, and the stories of community residents to explore these ideas, themes and issues.

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Baltimore City Students Express Views on Violence Through Art

A Picture Says A Thousand Words

The University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center Violence Prevention Program sponsored a citywide Art Against Violence contest for students. The initiative gives kids an outlet to articulate their feelings and be part of the conversation about violence in Baltimore and throughout the world. The gallery show event took place March 23, 2018 at the Memorial Episcopal Church during National Youth Violence Prevention Week, which seeks to raise awareness and to educate students, teachers, school administrators, counselors, school resource officers, school staff, parents, and the public on effective ways to prevent or reduce youth violence. More than 100 artworks were submitted by Baltimore City Public School students.

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Self-Defense Training Offered in Recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Krav Maga Maryland is hosting a women's self-defense seminar at its Columbia facility located at 8865 Stanford Boulevard (Suite 101) on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. to teach women practical, easy to learn self-defense and personal safety strategies.

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Light City is Back!

Electrifying Festival Illuminates Inner Harbor Through April 21

Light City, the nation’s first large-scale light, music and innovation festival returns for its third year with the theme “More Love, More Lights!” This year’s festival indeed lives up to its 2018 theme, as it expanded to three weekends.

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From Brokenness to Wholeness

The WISEorg helping women battle mental illness

“I found purpose through my pain and haven’t looked back,” said Dr. Duru. “I love helping others, and TheWISEorg allows me to do that. We teach women to develop new habits to get them out of their brokenness. We help them to heal and that’s a real blessing. I am doing what God purposed me to do.”

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"MOTOWN, THE MUSICAL" is Coming to the Hippodrome

Cast of ‘Hit’ Production includes Baltimore native Isaac Saunders

Featuring more than 40 classic hits such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” MOTOWN THE MUSICAL sings its way to Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre Friday, April 13, 2018 through Sunday, April 15, 2018. The limited five-show engagement is back by popular demand, and is part of the 2017/2018 CareFirst® BlueCross BlueShield Hippodrome Broadway Series.

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Baltimore Native Among Superhero Line-up in Marvel Universe LIVE!

As the blockbuster hit movie Black Panther continues to set box-office records, Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes soars into arenas across the country. Feld Entertainment’s newest production smashes into Royal Farms Arena on Thursday, April 5 and runs through April 8, 2018.

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The BSO’s OrchKids Program: Part II

Nurturing a new crop of musicians

This is Part II of a Two-Part Series on OrchKids. Founded in 2008, OrchKids is the cornerstone of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s community engagement efforts across the city.

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Baltimore’s Beautiful OrchKids Garden

BSO After-School Music Program is Growing Musicians

In collaboration with Baltimore City Public Schools and several community partners, OrchKids provides music education, instruments, academic instruction, meals, as well as performance and mentorship opportunities at no cost to students and families. OrchKids is the cornerstone of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s community engagement efforts in Baltimore City.

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School of Rock “Plays” at The Hippodrome March 20 to March 25

Get ready to dance your way on down to the Hippodrome Theater for the smash Broadway and West End hit “School of Rock – The Musical.” The high-octane production “plays” at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre as part of the 2017/2018 CareFirst® BlueCross BlueShield Hippodrome Broadway Series. School of Rock – The musical will electrify the Hippodrome stage March 20, 2018 to March 25, 2018.

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A Man On A Mission at Johns Hopkins

Chief Diversity Officer James E. Page, Jr.

James E. Page, Jr. is on a mission. His mission: to create a stronger “bond” between Johns Hopkins Medicine and its community, with a specific focus on addressing issues of race and health discrimination amongst residents in Baltimore.

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Johns Hopkins Holds 36th Anniversary MLK, Jr. Commemoration

Little Rock Nine’s Minnijean Brown Trickey Keynote Speaker

A historic part of the legendary Civil Rights Movement was in Baltimore recently for the 36th Anniversary Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration program held January 19, 2018 at Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Turner Auditorium. Minnijean Brown Trickey of the famed “Little Rock Nine” was the Keynote Speaker for the event.

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Baltimore’s Jearlean Taylor: A Model of Triumph over Tribulation

Jearlean Taylor has modeled on runways, has been in several publications including Essence and Heart & Soul magazines, and was featured on a billboard located at Charles and Penn Station in Baltimore earlier this year. The 50-year-old Taylor has been modeling for nearly 18 years, with interview, speaking and modeling engagements coming up in Baltimore, Atlanta and Colorado.

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Former Heroin Addict Peddling Hope

Tim Ryan once found himself playing the “cool dad” role with his son Nick.

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Meet Consultant Karenthia A. Barber: Helping Organizations Run More Efficiently

There is an old saying, “Behind every man is a good woman.” However, when it comes to organizational development, one local entrepreneur has her clients saying, “Behind every good business or manager is a ‘Karenthia A. Barber.”

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Light of Truth Center Continues to Shine

Residential treatment program to open two more locations

Light of Truth Center, Inc. (LTC) continues to shine brightly in the lives of woman who have struggled with addiction. Karen Hall, who has been with LTC since April 26, 2017 is among them.

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Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic Opens at The Lyric

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and other characters will bring some of the most famous Disney shows of all time to the stage of the Lyric Opera House this weekend

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The Lion King’s Gerald Ramsey: Performer Received the Ultimate ‘Meal Ticket’

For Gerald Ramsey, the offer of a free meal to audition for Disney’s “The Lion King” was an offer he could not refuse.

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Remembering R.B. Jones: Longtime “Realside” columnist passes away at age 65

This writer can remember receiving a phone call approximately 15 years ago from columnist, teacher, poet and playwright Ronald Berry Jones, who was known as ‘R.B.’ Jones.

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A Mother’s Cry holds Thanksgiving Event at New Waverly AME

Over 300 women impacted by violence among attendees

Three men handed turkeys from the back of a truck parked outside of a church to dozens upon dozens of women.

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Disney’s The Lion King roars into The Hippodrome

Walbrook High School Grad Among Cast

Disney’s The Lion King has roared into Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center for its long-anticipated return.

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